Philip Barnes joined the Burroughs faculty in 1988. He teaches 8th grade Latin, Latin III, Latin IV, Greek and music history. He has previously served as school curriculum coordinator and is currently the JBS Italy trip director. He holds a bachelor's degree in classics from Bristol University (United Kingdom), a Mus.M (music) from Manchester University (United Kingdom) and a postgraduate certificate in education from King's College, London (United Kingdom). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Barnes taught classics at several secondary schools in Great Britain while pursuing a parallel career as a singer in various cathedral choirs.
Since 1989, he has served as the artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, with whom he has recorded more than ten CDs. He is also the producer and host of "Re-Choired Listening," a weekly show (Wednesdays @ 7pm) on St. Louis's classical radio station, the Radio Arts Foundation. (Listen at 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD2 or stream it from the website.) For many years, Barnes has been a special studies lecturer for the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. In addition, he is a regular reviewer for the national magazine, The Choral Journal, and has lectured widely on both classics and music. He has served two terms as a trustee of the Vergilian Society of America. Barnes spent his sabbatical (2009-10) singing daily in the Norwich Cathedral Choir, one of England's most ancient choral foundations.